As part of its four-part Digital Health webinar series, on April 14, 2015, McDermott Will & Emery presented “Telehealth: Implementation Challenges in an Evolving Dynamic.”
Telehealth (also known as telemedicine) generally refers to the use of technology to support the remote delivery of health care. For example:
- A health care provider in one place is connected to a patient in another place by video conference
- A patient uses a mobile device or wearable that enables a doctor to monitor his or her vital signs and symptoms
- A specialist is able to rapidly share information with a geographically remote provider treating a patient
While the benefits of telehealth are clear – for example, making health care available to those in underserved areas and for patients who cannot regularly visit their providers but need ongoing monitoring — implementing telehealth requires providers and patients, as well as payers, to adapt to a dynamic new health care, data sharing and reimbursement delivery framework. The webinar explored these areas and more.